Grablink Express

Frame grabber for one base-configuration PoCL Camera Link camera

At a glance
  • For one Camera Link Base configuration camera
  • Directly compatible with hundreds of Camera Link cameras available on the market
  • Supports PoCL, Power over Camera Link
  • PCIe x1 bus
  • 32-MByte on board memory
  • Feature-rich set of 9 digital IO lines

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Directly compatible with hundreds of Camera Link cameras available on the market

Check out our camera compatibility page (in the Support menu) to download the relevant CamFiles


Flexible line-scan camera operation with the rate converter.

  • The rate converter is a smart, programmable frequency multiplier/divider.
  • Used with motion encoders and line-scan cameras, it allows the user to choose the aspect ratio of the pixels in the image.
  • It provides a way to calibrate the acquisition chain to easily reach square (1:1 aspect ratio) pixels.


General purpose I/O lines

Compatible with a wide range of sensors and motion encoders.


Windows and Linux drivers available


High-performance DMA (Direct Memory Access)

  • Direct transfer into user-allocated memory
  • Hardware scatter-gather support


Mechanical
Form Factor PCI Express card
Format Standard profile, half length, 1-lane PCI Express card
Cooling method Air-cooling
Mounting For insertion in a standard height, 1-lane or higher, PCI Express card slot
Connectors
  • 'CAMERA LINK' on bracket:
    • 26-position Mini Delta Ribbon (MDR) socket
    • Camera Link connector
  • 'SYSTEM' on bracket:
    • 26-pin 3-row high-density male sub-D connector
    • I/O lines and power output
  • 'SYSTEM' on PCB:
    • 26-pin 2-row 0.1" pitch pin header with shrouding
    • I/O lines and power output
  • 'CAMERA POWER INPUT' on module:
    • 4-pin MOLEX power socket
    • 12 VDC power input for PoCL camera
Dimensions L 168 mm x H 111 mm
L 6.61 in x 4.37 in
Host bus
Standard PCI Express 1.0
Link width 1 lane
Link speed 2.5 GT/s (PCIe 1.0)
DMA 32-bit
Peak delivery bandwidth 256 MB/s
Effective (sustained) delivery bandwidth 180 MB/s (Host PC motherboard dependent)
Power consumption Max. 5.35 W (500 mA @ +3.3V, 300 mA @ +12V), excluding I/O power output
Camera / video inputs
Interface standard(s) Camera Link
Connectors 1 Mini Delta Ribbon (MDR) Camera Link (CL)
Number of cameras One Base camera
Line-scan cameras supported Yes
Maximum aggregated camera data transfer rate 2.04 Gbit/s (255 MB/s)
Camera Link configuration Base
Camera Link clock frequency range From 20 MHz up to 85 MHz
PoCL (Power over Camera Link) One PoCL SafePower compliant controller with overload, over-voltage and short-circuit protections
Camera types
  • Gray-scale and color (RGB and Bayer) cameras
  • Area-scan and line-scan cameras
Camera pixel formats supported Monochrome, Bayer, and RGB (PFNC names):
  • Mono8, Mono10, Mono12, Mono14, Mono16
  • BayerXX8, BayerXX10, BayerXX12, BayerXX14, BayerXX16 where XX = GR, RG, GB, or BG
  • RGB8
Video delivery
Raw video format(s)
  • Monochrome formats: Y8, Y10, Y12, Y14, Y16
  • Packed RGB color formats: RGB24, RGB32
  • Planar RGB color formats: RGB24PL, RGB30PL, RGB36PL, RGB42PL, RGB48PL
  • Additional formats: BAYER8, BAYER10, BAYER12, BAYER14, BAYER16, RAW8, RAW10, RAW12, RAW14, RAW16
On-board processing
On-board memory 32 MB (16 MB for image data)
Image data stream processing
  • Unpacking of 10-/12-/14-bit to 16-bit with selectable justification to LSb or MSb
Geometrical operators
  • Cropping (not available for 2YE cameras)
  • Left/right and up/down mirroring
General Purpose Inputs and Outputs
Number of lines 9 I/O lines:
  • 4 TTL input/output lines (ENHANCED I/O)
  • 2 differential inputs (TRA1, TRA2)
  • 1 isolated output (STA)
  • 2 multimode input/output lines (ISOA1, ISOA2)
Usage
  • Camera and image acquisition trigger
  • Light strobe trigger
  • Camera synchronization using motion encoder
  • General purpose IO
Electrical specifications
  • ISOA1, ISOA2: Inputs or outputs, isolated up to 500 V:
    • Input: compatible with TTL or 12V signals
    • Output: TTL, open-collector or open-emitter
  • TRA1, TRA2: Inputs compatible with TTL, LVTTL, differential LVDS, differential RS-422, differential RS-485 signals, protected against electrostatic discharge, with choke for the rejection of common-mode noise
  • STA: Opto-isolated outputs, compatible with signals up to 60V, with 3 µs fall time, isolated up to 500V
  • ENHANCED IO Inputs or outputs compatible with TTL signals, protected against electrostatic discharge, with high-frequency noise filter
Filter control
  • Glitch removal filter available on input lines used as trigger sources:
  • Configurable with five time constants:
    • 100 ns, 500 ns and 2.5 µs for trigger/ page trigger /page end trigger sources
    • 100 ns, 500 ns, 2.5 µs for line trigger source
Power output
  • Non-isolated +5V, 1A and +12V, 500 mA with self-resettable fuse protection
  • Isolated +5V 250 mA with electronic fuse protection
Software
Host PC Operating System
  • Microsoft Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, XP
  • MIcrosoft Windows Server 2012 R2, 2012, 2008 R2
  • Linux Kernel versions from 2.6 up to 3.13, compatible with a wide range of distributions
  • 32- and 64-bit versions
APIs
  • MultiCam 32-bit and 64-bit binary libraries (Windows and Linux), for ISO-compliant C/C++ compilers
  • DirectShow filters (Windows only) for Microsoft Visual C++ compilers (32-bit only)
Environmental conditions
Operating ambient air temperature 0 to +50 °C / +32 to +122 °F
Operating ambient air humidity 10 to 90% RH non-condensing
Storage ambient air temperature -20 to +70 °C / -4 to +158 °F
Storage ambient air humidity 10 to 90% RH non-condensing
Certifications
Electromagnetic - EMC standards
  • European Council EMC Directive 2004/108/EC
  • Unites States FCC rule 47 CFR 15
EMC - Emission
  • EN 55022:2010 Class B
  • FCC 47 Part 15 Class B
EMC - Immunity
  • EN 55024:2010 Class B
  • EN 61000-4-2
  • EN 61000-4-3
  • EN 61000-4-4
  • EN 61000-4-6
Flammability PCB compliant with UL 94 V-0
RoHS European Union Directive 2011/65/EU (ROHS2)
REACH European Union Regulation 1907/2006
WEEE Must be disposed of separately from normal household waste and must be recycled according to local regulations
Ordering Information
Product code - Description

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MultiCam
  Download File size Operating system
Release Notes multicam-release-notes-6.13.641.pdf 1.1 MB Windows, Linux
Documentation grablink-documentation-update-6.13.641.pdf 1.8 MB Windows, Linux
grablink-multicam-parameters-6.13.640.pdf 2.7 MB Windows, Linux
multicam-linux-documentation-6.13.0.641.tar.gz 58 MB Linux
multicam-win-documentation-6.13.0.641.exe 91 MB Windows
grablink-tap-geometries-2.2.0.pdf 1.5 MB Windows, Linux
multicam-storage-formats-1.5.0.pdf 1.5 MB Windows, Linux
grablink-gpio-user-guide-1.2.0.pdf 1.1 MB Windows, Linux
multicam-acquisition-principles-1.1.0.pdf 1.8 MB Windows, Linux
grablink-migration-guide-1.0.0.pdf 5.5 MB Windows, Linux
Setup Files multicam-win-6.13.0.3180.exe 25 MB Windows
multicam-win-readme-6.13.0.3180.txt 1 kB Windows
multicam-linux-6.13.0.3179.tar.gz 19 MB Linux
multicam-linux-readme-6.13.0.3179.txt 1 kB Linux
Sample Programs multicam-linux-sample-programs-description-6.13.641.pdf 0.8 MB Linux
multicam-win-sample-programs-description-6.13.641.pdf 0.8 MB Windows
multicam-win-sample-programs-6.13.0.3180.zip 0.6 MB Windows
multicam-linux-sample-programs-6.13.0.3179.tar.gz 17 kB Linux
  • Windows XP was supported up to MultiCam 6.9.8
  • Grablink Expert 2 was supported up to MultiCam 6.9.8
  • An incorrect "Signature is corrupt or invalid" error message appears after downloading multicam-6.9.8.2918.exe with Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge. Please ignore this message.
  • Domino Iota was supported up to MultiCam 6.9.5
  • Grablink Quickpack ColorScan and Grablink Quickpack CFA PCIe were supported up to MultiCam 6.9.4
  • The following boards were supported up to MultiCam 6.9.0.2200:
    • Domino Symphony
    • Grablink Quickpack CFA
    • Grablink Expert 2 cPCI
    • Grablink Value cPCI
    • Picolo Pro 3
    • Picolo Diligent
    • Picolo Diligent Plus
  • Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 were supported up to MultiCam 6.8.2
  • Domino Delta was supported up to MultiCam 6.4.3
  • Windows Server 2003 was supported up to MultiCam 6.4.2
  • Windows 2000 was supported up to MultiCam 6.4.0
  • Picolo Jet-X was supported up to MultiCam 6.3.0